Packers hire LaFleur as head coach

Doug Mendoza
January 13, 2019

The Green Bay Packers aren't done bringing in young and up and coming coaches.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 09: (L-R) head coach Matt LaFleur and President and CEO Mark Murphy of the Green Bay Packers introduce Matt LaFleur as head coach at Lambeau Field on January 09, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

"I think it would help him develop a little bit more, get him to the top of his game and maybe help the Packers succeed again", said Hunter. "I think he is equally excited".

LaFleur said his year in Tennessee was a necessary learning experience that got him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to grow as a coach, opening up the opportunity to be the coach and playcaller in Green Bay. "If we continue to move forward on a day-to-day basis, I think we're going to win a lot of games here". Joe Philbin went 2-2 as Green Bay's interim coach.

LaFleur confirmed he will be Green Bay's play-caller, and said that he is excited to work with Rodgers. He was hired after one year as offensive coordinator of San Francisco.

"I think we're both on the same page".

LaFleur's connection with two of the NFL's most highly thought of offensive minds intrigued Murphy for how it could revive Rodgers, who just completed his least productive season as a starter.

"The foundation, it goes back to Mike Shanahan", LaFleur said.

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In Tennessee, LaFleur was given a backfield committee of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry, and as the play-caller, LaFleur wisely realized in the second half of the season that Henry's powerful running style meshed better with the team's blocking abilities.

Rodgers has said in the past that he prefers his quarterback coaches to be guys who have actually played the position.

"We like to say plays that start off looking the same but are different, plays that play off of plays", he said later.

The Packers lost that game to the Atlanta Falcons, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, who won the league's MVP that season.

His first big break in the National Football League came when he took a job as Washington's QB coach in 2010. Again, it comes down to developing that relationship, that trust, especially with the quarterback.

LaFleur will now get to work putting together his coaching staff as the busy offseason continues.

"First thing that Matt said was I'm speechless, I knew then that this was genuine excitement", Murphy said.

LaFleur was in the vehicle at the time.

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